The Zarb Homestead

Living natural and healthy on a simple budget

Project 365: Weeks 10 and 11 March 19, 2013

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Cajun Dinner Week

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Had a light dusting early one morning

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Um, no

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Reddit Gift Exchange Scarfs: Homemade Harry Potter! I love it

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My birthday present ❤

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Finally, finished.

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Making my mom’s tablecloth and Mr. Mal is trying to help out

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Crazy husky had a cat up the tree

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Been wanting this for year finally broke down and got it

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My fish sleeps on the filter. Scares me all the time

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Waiting at the airport

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Went into the husky’s cage and my husband locked him in. Sad puppy

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Trying to sell our snake. I am not a fan

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Red Beans and rice, yummy

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Project 365: Week 50 December 17, 2012


Wow I can’t believe it is already week 50. Only 2 weeks to go!

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Found these cuties at Earthbound and Trading Company, one of my favorite stores.

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When you see it??

Yep that is a Mr. Blackie stealing the bed

 

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I was reading the paper online when this showed up. Wow, she must make great Kool-Aid

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My Cinnamon swirl bread

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My Blueberry pie, yummy

Hubby and I having a drink at the Downtown Grill and Brewery.

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Cookie time. I think I baked too much this week!

 

Project 365: Week 47 December 3, 2012


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Checking out the beautiful moon

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Homemade laundry detergent

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My beautiful flowers from Maria’s dad on Thanksgiving

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Mr Mal is all nice and clean along with a little hair trimmings

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Saw this online and all I could think of what prank could I pull with this stuff 😉

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Cinnamon swirl beard! Yummy!

 

Project 365: Week 46 November 20, 2012

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First time I saw Jupiter and her moons

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My Father-in-Law got all the girls a rose at dinner at Barleys

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Someone stole my pillows

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Bye Bye Twinkies

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Made pumpkin puree from a baking a pumpkin

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Oh boy, here we go again

 

How to Make Homemade Pumpkin Pie – No Can Involved November 17, 2012


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I thought that I was making a pumpkin pie from starch was when I didn’t purchase one in a box. Canned pumpkin is easy to buy and to make pies from but why not use a fresh pumpkin. I had 5 small to large pumpkins I purchased from my friends grandmother. Her brothers grows them and she sells them for cheap and I mean cheap. I think I paid between 50 cents to $1.50 per pumpkin. I didn’t crave them on Halloween and since pumpkins can last up to 6 months once picked from the vine, I decided to make good use of them and eat them.

For the pie you will need some of the following. I got this recipe from pickyourown.com and added some of my special touch.

Tools:

  • Large knife
  • Spoon
  • Large bowl
  • 1 large (10 inch) deep-dish pie plate
  • 2 large baking pans at least 2″ deep

Ingredients:

  • Pumpkin (Small to Medium)
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1.5 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon mace (optional)
  • 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract (optional)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt (optional)
  • 4 large eggs
  • 3 cups of pumpkin puree
  • 1.5 cans of evaporated milk – make your own from nonfat dried milk and make it twice as concentrated as the directions on the box call for.

Alright, let get to cooking!

-Wash the pumpkins outside

-Cut in half

-Scoop out the seeds

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-Preheat oven at 375 F degrees

-Place in baking dish meat side down. Add 1 cup of water dish to help steam and cook the pumpkin.

-Bake for 1.5 hours

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I also tried some in the crockpot and it worked out just as well

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– You can test to see if it is done by sticking it with a fork. It should be soft.

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– Let cool then use the spoon to gently lift and scoop the cooked pumpkin out of the skin

– You can blend it in a blender for a smooth texture

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Mix all ingredients and place into a pie crust. Cook at 425 F degrees for 15 minutes then reduce temperature to 350 F degrees for 50-60 minutes. Let cool, then eat. Yummy!

 

Date Night: Painting at Spirited Art November 8, 2012


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I have been trying to get Mr Z to go painting with me for awhile now. He thought it would be too girly but I told him there were normally are other males there and that you could bring alcohol. After some resistance, he caved in and went with me on Wednesday night. The painting was a Klimit Forest and it was an abstract painting. I was a bit worried since Mr Z is an engineer with a type A personality, thus it is hard for him to do anything “outside the box.”

The class started at 6:30 and we arrived a little early to get set up. It was a small class that night, about 8 people, and of course all were girls. Oh well, we got all art supplies ready and wine poured, ready to go. The instructor welcomed everyone and started the painting. She went step-by-step and waited on everyone to finish before moving on. Mr Z didn’t seem uncomfortable and seemed like he was having fun. I was really impressed. By the time the class finished and I looked at his painting and he had done a great job. It was his first time painting and he said he had a good time.

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After the class, we went downtown to Market Square. We were hungry and wanted to try a new place. CoCoa Moon is were we ended up landing. There they serve a wide variety of international foods, mostly a mix of Asian and Latin. I had the Spicy Orange Chicken and he had the Singapore Noodles. Everything was very good. I recommend it if you are in the area and want to have a nice relaxing dinner.

We had a such a good time together.

 

 

 

Project 365: Week 40 October 8, 2012


Sorry, I am late yet again on my post for Project 365. I have been a busy little bee lately trying to get ready for our trip to the Bahamas this Friday!

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I forgot to get a picture on Monday but here is an extra from 2 weeks ago.

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Going to work early in the morning, I saw the Moon hanging out with its friend Jupiter. It is very small looks like a star but it is there.

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Been waiting forever for this movie to come out! We went and saw it opening night, so good!

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My first time trying to make my own smoothie.  It was really good!

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Homemade Banana Bread muffins, yummy!

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WE went and checked out the new Trader Joes in Knoxville. Here are a few of my goodies.

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Octoberrrrrr! It is cold out. Had to pull out the heater. I think Mr. Mal was happy about that.